Thirteen-year-old Lamar Washington is the maddest, baddest bowler at Striker's Bowling Paradise. But while Lamar's a whiz at rolling strikes, he always strikes out with girls. And Lamar's brother, Xavier the Basketball Savior, is no help-he earns trophy after trophy on the basketball court and soaks up Dad's attention, leaving no room for Lamar's problems.
Until bad boy Billy Jenks convinces Lamar that hustling will help him win his dream girl, plus earn him enough money to buy an expensive pro ball and impress bowler Bubba Sanders. But when one of Billy's schemes goes awry, Lamar ends up damaging every relationship in his life. Can Lamar figure out how to mend his broken ties, no matter what the cost?
This debut novel from Crystal Allen heralds the arrival of a fresh new voice in middle grade fiction.
During her childhood, Crystal Allen’s parents and older brother worked in bowling alleys, which meant Crystal spent many hours bowling for free. Since then, she’s always loved to bowl with family and friends. She lives in Sugar Land, Texas, with her family. How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy is her first novel.
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How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy
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Under all the braggadocio is a boy with a big heart, and from the first sentence Lamar will have readers hooked.
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This stands out for its unusual setting and smooth integration of friendship and family concerns. "
- Kirkus Reviews
"The powerful mix of sibling rivalry, revenge, and hard-won redemption strengthens the perennial appeal of the na´ve-underdog-makes-good plot; readers will come for the laughs and stay for the laughs."
- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Crystal Allen has the rare ability to make you laugh out loud one minute and swell with tears the next. The tween book world has a new hero-Lamar Washington -as well as a brilliant new author who's bound to win a Bubba-sized trophy herself!"
- Neal Shusterman, author of THE SCHWA WAS HERE and BRUISER